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  • Asana Xpress: “Letting the outside in”

    -by Kate Lundquist
    This is the second in our “Asana Xpress” series highlighting poses from the sun salutation and featuring local yoga students and teachers. Everyone steps onto the yoga mat at different…


  • Let me represent you: Legislative candidates spill backstories, views on state

    -by Nelda Holder
    To provide a glimpse of the more personal and philosophical sides of the Buncombe County candidates for N.C. House and Senate, Xpress asked each candidate (by phone or in person)…
  • Campaign calendar

    -by Nelda Holder
    Compiled by Nelda Holder, contributing editor Thursday, 10/11 Campaign Appreciation Event for Carol Peterson, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, hosted by John Young at Weaverville Town Hall. Free event; hot…
  • Election 2012: ‘Tis the season

    -by Margaret Williams
    It’s election season — falling leaves, cool nights, and a host of voter forums, candidate photo ops, debate-watching parties and a near-last-minute visit by Vice President Joe Biden (photo by…
  • Saving the American chestnut: Asheville-based foundation hosts international summit Oct. 19-21

    -by Webmaster
    The American chestnut once thrived in the Eastern U.S., especially the Appalachians. Efforts to revive the tree — decimated by an invasive fungus — are under way and show promise.…
  • Best business advice 2012

    -by Webmaster
    In honor of the Best of WNC issues, we thought it would be the perfect time to gather some of our best business advice — well-worn wisdom that has guided…


  • Pumpkins

    -by Brent Brown
  • City Water CTS

    -by Molton
  • Weekly Asheville Disclaimer Page: 10/10/12

    -by Webmaster
    • Deb! (Daughter of celebrity crafts maven Sandy!)
  • Lucky, lucky us!

    -by Webmaster
    Kudos for your great, two-plus-page Sept. 26 spread, “Selfishness Has No Integrity Whatsoever.” Thanks for putting the spotlight on last weekend's Black Mountain Colllege Museum and Art Center's events and…
  • Xpress is the marketing arm for the Seven Deadly Sins

    -by Webmaster
    Nature offers a persisting message that nothing in life is free. There’s more than a little bit of irony in the reality [that] liberals who view themselves as paragons of…
  • Switch to alternative media while it still exists

    -by Webmaster
    I was interested to read the featured letter — to which Jeff Fobes felt it necessary to respond — "Et Tu, Xpress?" in the Oct. 3 Xpress. In that letter,…
  • I’m taking a break from Xpress

    -by Webmaster
    I read and reread Jeff Fobes’ response to Virginia Bower's Oct. 3 letter, “Et tu, Xpress?” about her disgust with the Xpress for running the full-page ad for the anti-Obama…
  • You got it right, Mayor Bellamy

    -by Webmaster
    In the Oct. 3 letter, “Another Done Deal,” Joe Cobble of Asheville quoted Mayor Terry Bellamy as having asserted, after voting against the wrong-headed plan for the McKibbon group: “I…
  • Old history dies hard

    -by Webmaster
    As Nelda Holder's Sept. 18 online story on the Asheville City Council's meeting with General Assembly representatives reminds us, the focus of acting in good faith in the possible seizure…
  • Downtown panhandling: It’s time for some change

    -by Webmaster
    What's up with all these packs of people dressed in filthy rags (often with numerous dogs) demanding money just for simply passing by them? You can't avoid these packs of…
  • Support the Veteran’s ID Card Act

    -by Webmaster
    I would like to bring a topic to the public attention. There is currently a bill on the table in Congress called HR 2985, otherwise known as the The Veteran's…
  • Go see Hairspray

    -by Webmaster
    I was blown away by the Sept. 27 performance of Hairspray at Asheville Community Theatre. If you want to have fun and leave with a big grin on your face,…
  • Many Americans have spoken

    -by Webmaster
    The practice of accumulating toxic coal ash in marginally protected lagoons is unacceptable, reprehensible and must be stopped. Toxic metals become concentrated in coal ash and leach continually through the…
  • A vote for Patsy Keever is a vote for average Americans

    -by Webmaster
    Patsy Keever is running to represent WNC’s 10th District in Congress. This race presents a clear choice for voters. Patsy has stood up for “We, the People” all her life,…
  • Moffitt is a home-run legislator

    -by Webmaster
    Rep. Tim Moffitt has generated more bills in the past two years than any other freshman representative in N.C. legislative history. Out of 39 bills he sponsored or co-sponsored, 15…
  • Vote Jane Whilden

    -by Webmaster
    In 2010, a Raleigh tea-bag tycoon named Art Pope funded campaigns across the state through direct donations and through several political action committees. Pope targeted even the most moderate state…
  • J.B. Howard will put taxpayers first

    -by Webmaster
    As a past candidate for Buncombe County commissioner, I had the privilege of getting to know most of the candidates during primary season. One person in particular stood out: J.B.…
  • Pat Cothran’s drive is indisputable

    -by Webmaster
    Pat Cothran’s integrity and drive to get the job done right the first time are indisputable. During my tenure working for Old North State Title, I witnessed Pat’s unerring demands…
  • Drew for deeds (and all people)

    -by Webmaster
    Our region is growing and diversifying. People from outside the state and even outside the county continue to move to Buncombe County because of our breathtaking environment and the vibrant…
  • Upholding state law is a public servant’s duty

    -by Webmaster
    Register of deeds swearing-in ceremony, March 1, 2011: “I, Drew Reisinger, do hereby solemnly swear that I will support and maintain … the Constitution and laws of North Carolina, not…
  • The Other Side of the Mountain

    -by Webmaster
    For far too long, the need to feed the family forced me to live in a distant place. Although it was south of the Mason-Dixon Line, it wasn’t the real…
  • Letters to the editor

    -by Webmaster
    Terrorism by any other name … On Nov. 19 and 20, I joined 19,000 other concerned citizens in protesting at the gates of Fort Benning, Ga., to demand an end…